GREENWICH, Conn. -- In celebration of National Infertility Awareness Week, which began April 25, a New Canaan woman who had a successful experience — twice — with Greenwich Fertility is encouraging other women to share their stories on social media.
Ashley Chanter Rizzo, the mother of two sets of twins under the age of 2, plans to once again share her story on social media as the country celebrates National Infertility Awareness Week.
Rizzo credits the women she found on Instagram and Facebook for supporting her as she struggled with infertility.
She gave birth to Maisie and Olivia (22 months) and Emilia and Theo (8 months) with assistance from Dr. Anate Brauer, a reproductive endocrinologist at Greenwich Fertility.
Rizzo was on her way to Greenwich Fertility for the first of several fertility treatments when she decided to post a picture on Instagram using the hash tag “TTC” for “trying to conceive.”
“I was trying to find the bright side and felt grateful that I was spending the day with my husband,” she said. “I posted a picture thinking there might be other women who needed to find the joy in little things.”
The response from women across the country was beyond her expectation. “I found an awesome community of women. It was so nice to know that I wasn’t alone,” she said.
Today, Rizzo encourages women who are struggling with infertility to reach out via social media.
“It’s important for all of us to share our story so we don’t feel alone. One in eight women has trouble conceiving. It’s not as uncommon as you might think.”
"National Infertility Awareness Week is more than just a tagline. It is a movement that sends a message of open arms, acceptance and hope to so many women suffering quietly at home. You will find you are not alone," said Brauer, who has offices in Greenwich and Tuckahoe, N.Y.
National Infertility Awareness Week is a movement that began in 1989 to raise awareness about infertility and encourage people to understand reproductive health. In 2010, the event became a National federally recognized health observance by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Any plans for more kids? “No, we’re good!” said Rizzo.